Ridgeway Brewing Company - Bad Elf
- ABV: 6.00%
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: English Pint Glass
It was serious enough for the ACLU to step in. As attorney Annette Lamoreaux stated: "not only does it violate Shelton's free speech rights", she said, "but protecting Santa Claus is a violation of the Constitution's establishment clause, which prohibits government endorsement or disapproval of religion."
OK, maybe that's going a little bit far, linking Santa to religion? After all, doesn't South Park tell us that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ are mortal enemies? Forgive the digression… Anyway, in November of 2005, the state Department of Consumer Protection dropped their case against the child-luring evil in this beer's label, stating that "although state regulations bar alcohol advertising with images that might entice children, including images associated with Santa Claus, the regulations do not apply to beer labels. Game on Connecticut. Game on…
So what is Bad Elf all about? It's a deep-straw hued, slightly hazy brew that presents an ample, cottony head. On the nose, expect lemon-like notes and zesty hoppiness. This is a distinctively English IPA—notice the differences between this any domestic IPAs you've tried; the hoppy characteristics are less citrusy and present more of an herbal earthiness. But this brew has its own distinct flavor profile, including an unexpected champagne-like aroma and flavor. It begins on the palate with a traditional English hop quality, showcasing lemony & zesty floral hops, with malts quickly coming into play as they present breaddy, grainy notes. Look for a floral finish with champagne-like notes and a firm, albeit late breaking dryness. Great with oysters, heavily spritzed with lemon, or sweet saffron rice spiced with curry chicken or beef.
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